It is August already and the World is still in a heap, but thankfully we have boxes like SoKawaii that continue to bring a smile to our faces with their monthly deliveries that land on your doorstep before you even get that dispatch email. Well that’s what happened to me the last two months, this one arrived on a Thursday in Ireland – yet I only got the email on Saturday saying it was leaving Japan! It is a much needed welcome surprise nonetheless, as my travel plans for Japan this year have just been cancelled for the foreseeable future due to travel restrictions.
So regarding August’ box, this month’s theme was “Mystical Forest Camp” – which includes some very useful everyday items, a ReMent figure, adorable Sanrio Tote Bag and more! Now onto that all important information!
SoKawaii is a company based in Japan, home of practically everything kawaii (the Japanese word for cute). They create monthly subscription boxes, jam packed with 100% licensed products from brands such as Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Sanrio, Studio Ghibli and more. The items range from plushies to Gachapon, little figures, stationary, lifestyle, kitchenware and more. The staff at SoKawaii handpicks 6 to 8 cute & useful items exclusive to Japan, pack them up in a very decorative box and send it straight to your doorstep. You can also check out their Instagram for even more info and insights into what is currently trending in Japanese arcades and stores. As well as sneak peeks into what they could be including in next month’s box. They also listen to what you would like to be included in future boxes, by asking across their social media. So make sure to have your opinions heard over on their social media posts. https://www.instagram.com/sokawaii/
First off we have a product from the ever popular ReMent franchise, this time from the latest Pokémon release: Utatane Basket. With six very sleepy Pokémon character figures to collect, you are guaranteed one mystery box in this very box. I got the Alolan Vulpix, which comes very well detailed & made – and now sits on my bookshelf with the rest of my ReMent figures.
Next up we have two items which go hand in hand with this month’s theme of camping. First up we have the un-announced mystery Sumikko Gurashi item, which is a stainless mug. This interesting looking item looks very ideal to take with you on camping holidays, as it seems as though it can be used directly on a fire to boil water in. As to if the printed on designs will burn off – well I wouldn’t like to be the one that has to test out that theory. This travel mug was available in two similar designs and features what looks to be a pram/bag clip as a handle – which is ideal to attach onto the outside of your rucksack. This item is aimed directly at those adventuring types of people, as I doubt it would be used much whilst sitting in the cupboard at home.
Our second food related item is this official Studio Ghibli ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ bento box. This two tiered lunch container, also includes a divider between the layers and a fork. With the very recognisable grey coloring and iconic Totoro shaped design on the top, this is a must have item for any household that enjoys making homemade lunches. Although slightly smaller in size than what I was expecting, it is BPA free and for the most part – is Microwave safe! Just remember to remove the lids and fork before nuking that lunch! The only thing about it, is that you can’t simply throw it in the dishwasher. This is a hand wash only container, so make sure to look out for that. Now I’m not entirely sure what kind of lunches I would put in this, so leave me a comment down below as to what would be your ideal first meal when you use this Bento box.
Now this incredibly gorgeous Sanrio bag was a complete surprise when I got my box, as it was never even hinted at last month! As you can see it is a fairly large tote bag and was also the first item that greeted me when I opened the box. Now the one I received was a Hello Kitty design, which was a collaboration with graphic artist and fashion designer – Jun’ichi Nakahara. He is known as the man who greatly developed the idea of giant anime eyes for shojo manga characters. I highly advise googling his name and looking up his art work in google images, as it is very classic looking, with almost porcelaine qualities to the character designs. It adds a touch of class to what would have been a very plain looking Hello Kitty bag, the best qualities though are the fully zipped openings and the detail inside the bag and separate compartments. Not sure how I will be using this bag yet, as it seems almost too good to use for a quick trip to the shops.
We are now onto our final two items, starting with this almost familiar looking plushie in the top left hand corner. This furry creature is from the Tanuki & Kitsune plush range, of which I got the Kitsune. Which is the Japanese word for fox, who are often looked upon in religious terms as messengers from God or in Japanese folklore as being tricksters and shapeshifters. My little fox cub looks awfully similar to a Pikachu in their coloring, but is very soft and well stuffed – which makes it a cute companion to have sitting on your shoulder as you’re typing away. And last but not least, we have a puffy sticker pack from this years’ best selling game – Animal Crossing. Featuring many of your favorite characters including Tom Nook, Isabelle and Marshal.
There you have it folks, that is everything from August 2020 SoKawaii box, so let’s get on to the subscription details.
So here is the price breakdown of the box each month and the savings you can get. At the moment, SoKawaii are shipping their boxes via DHL as Japan Post is still not allowing worldwide postage from Japan. So that’s why at the moment, I have 5 months of Nihon Box stuck in a warehouse in Tokyo. Fingers crossed I can actually get them at some point this year! Thankfully this hasn’t been the case for SoKawaii, which is a blessing! Whether you subscribe month to month, or for their 3, 6 or even 12 month package options – there are savings to be had.
1 MONTH – $35.00/€31.77mo
3 MONTHS – $33.50/€30.40mo
6 MONTHS – $32.00/€29.04mo
12 MONTHS – $31.50/€28.59mo
Better yet, here is a 10% discount code that you can use on your first box!
Now if you liked everything you saw in this review of August’s box, rest assured that the items are different every month. Each box has 6 to 8 items included and a few of them will be revealed online through SoKawaiis’ social media as the weeks go by. September’s box theme is “Too Kawaii For School”, which will feature goods from Sailor Moon, Sanrio & Pokemon, with a few of the products included already announced across their social media.